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About fire research

RESEARCH ON FIRE SAFETY ENGINEERING   ​                                          ​     


Research focuses of the fire research group are:

Ø  Fire protection and innovative materials

Ø  Structural fire engineering

Ø  Finite element programs for heat transfer analysis and nonlinear structural analysis

Ø  Evacuation modelling

FIRE ENGINEERING FACILITIES

Our 'state of the art' infrastructure at School of CEE regarding the fire research is making a contribution to the investigation of how new and innovative materials and structural members perform in fire, how to reduce the cost of fire safety provisions in buildings, how to implement new coating materials to protect structures from fire and how to model the structural behaviour and building evacuation in case of fire.​​

The current design of facilities are available for structural members (i.e. column, beam slab) and structural joint testing and for cruciform testing under elevated temperature. The setups can be changed beyond the size of specimens.​




The column test facility (Figure 1) includes the test rig, electric furnaces, and a loading actuator. The test rig is designed with movable reaction girders, which are suitable for test specimens between 1.6 to 4.2 m long. The actuator has the capacity of 5000 kN, and the electric furnace can generate heat of up to 900 degree Celsius.​



The beam test facility (Figure 2) includes electric furnace, portal frames, and reaction frames. The portal frames are designed for 1000 kN capacity hydraulic jack for vertical loading applications, and the electric furnace can generate heat of up to 900 degree Celsius.


The slab test facility (Figure 3) includes electric furnace, and portal frames. The portal frames are designed up to 2000 kN capacity hydraulic jack for vertical loading applications, the dimension of slabs can be designed up to an area of 3 m × 0.75 m × 3 m, and the electric furnace can generate heat of up to 1000 degree Celsius.​


The joint and innovative material isothermal heating test facility (Figure 4) includes electric furnace, portal frames, and reaction frames. The portal frames and the reaction frames are designed for 1000 kN capacity hydraulic jack, for vertical and horizontal loading applications, respectively. This furnace can apply the ISO 834 standard fire curve and the interior maximum temperature can reach 1100°C and remain at that temperature for 3 hours.​


The cruciform test facility (Figure 5) includes 5 m3 electric furnace, portal frames, and reaction frames. The portal frames and the reaction frames are designed for 1000 kN capacity hydraulic jack, for vertical and horizontal loading applications, respectively.​​
 

There are also furnaces for conducting elevated temparature material tests, which allow the development of innovative ultra-high performance concrete and fire-resistant coatings. The photos below show the compression tests on non-spalled UHPC and normal UHPC after being heated under ISO834 fire for 1 hour. The non-spalled UHPC does not spall after being subjected to elevated temperature, owing to the introduction of polypropyline fibres into the mix.

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  Compression test                Non-spalled UHPC                         Normal UHPC

 


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